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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Rain ~ Christmas Light Display ~ Santa's Elves ~ Tragic Raisins ~ Mashed Potato Experiment

Good 38º cloudy but predictions for sun today morning~! We'll see.......................

Yesterday it was so dark and gloomy most of the day. Not much light even by 7:45 in the morning and then again by 2:30 it was almost dark! Had another 1/4" of rain...

Here is a few seconds video of the rain, turn up your speakers to hear it... just to make all you folks who are praying for rain jealous! LOL
Friend George Bachmeier (LASD ret) shared this... amazing display. Only 1 min 34 sec..

Yesterday I worked on Christmas stuff. The rain did stop for a few and I managed to get the bag of cracked corn out of the back of my car.
Brooklyn Vivia sent this... so fun! Santa's Elves making toys.
Historically this date....
1941 – World War IIAdolf Hitler becomes Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the German Army.

1972 – Apollo program: The last manned lunar flight, Apollo 17, crewed by Eugene CernanRon Evans and Harrison Schmitt, returns to Earth.

1998 – Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives forwards articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate.
.....just like the current President, it's all a huge miscarriage of justice with a fraud in office!

And births this date include....
1946 – Robert Urich, American actor (d. 2002)
Too sad. Too young!

1963 – Jennifer Beals, American actress

1980 – Jake Gyllenhaal, American actor
   ...lose the beard dude, you look dorky!
Thank you Ben Hunt (LASD ret) for this:

Dinner last night was an experiment. A "mashed potato experiment"!  I took a baking potato and a yam, peeled and quartered them...

Cooked in water, with lots of Lawry's Garlic Salt, until soft...

Then mashed them up with some butter and a drained can of artichoke hearts!

To serve I put some baby spinach on the plate and topped it with canned sliced mushrooms, some creamy garlic sauce, and a bit of Weber Roasted Garlic & Herb seasoning..... and two warmed leftover lobster cakes!

Those potatoes were AWESOME!!!! Thank goodness I have some leftovers!
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
December 19th
National Hard Candy Day

We’ve all had hard candy of some type: butterscotch, horehound drops, lemon drops, lollipops, mints, root beer barrels, sour balls and fruit flavors galore.
Hard candy begins by boiling sugar and water, then adding flavors and colors. As the syrup boils, water evaporates and the sugar concentration increases.
Who invented hard candy?
Cave men ate honey from bee hives. Ancient Arabs, Chinese and Egyptians rolled fruits and nuts in honey. That was it for many centuries.

In the Middle Ages, merchants brought sugar back from the Indian subcontinent, where sugar cane originated. But it was very costly. Whether for tea, baked goods or confections, sugar was a treat for the wealthy. Honey was the sweetener available to those of lesser means.
By the 17th century there were many more sugar mills, and sugar became more affordable to the middle class. Confectioners began to express their creativity, resulting in the large selection of hard candy we have today.
With the Industrial Revolution (1750 to 1850), candy-making developed into an industry and hard candies became accessible to everyone. Hard candy on a stick followed: The word “lollipop” (originally spelled lollypop) first appeared in print in 1784.


Lydia said...

Thank you for an amazing cooking experiment. I don't know that I would have been so brave. Will try some rainy day... it is clouding up now.

Peppermint sticks are hard candy. They are the stir stick of the season.

Anonymous said...

Lovely video from George B. (Haven't seen him in years and years)

I have always said you should have a little restaurant where you could serve all your custom creations. It would certainly be unique.

Hope you are enjoying your rain. We are due to get some any time now.

Hugs! XO Trisha

Oregon Sue said...

Thanks T!!! I do enjoy rain, but a little break from it today is nice. Already saw some blue sky and sun! We have had it contineous since Dec 2nd! ox

Oregon Sue said...

L, I just had some more of those potatoes, adding in some garlic/parmesan butter when heated. OMGOOOOD! I'm going to gain 100 pounds if I keep making this dish! Maybe looking to modify with other ingredients. The artichoke hearts for sure were wonderful.

Ah yes, stir your coffee with a candy cane! ox